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Jun 18, 2013Donald Trump tweets: "Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?"Twitter
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Oct 17, 2013On Late Show with David Letterman, Trump says about Putin, "I met him once." Youtube
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Nov 9, 2013Trump visits Moscow for Miss Universe pageant. Meets with Vladimir Kozhin, a close confidant of Vladimir Putin. Real estate developer and billionaire Aras Algarov, who paid Trump $20 million to bring pageant to Moscow. Trump appears in a music video for his son, singer Emin Algarov.Daily Mail
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Nov. 9, 2013Interviewed in Moscow, Trump is asked by MSNBC whether he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin. "I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today."MSNBC
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Nov. 9, 2013Trump tells Tass news service that he plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and was in negotiations with billionaire Aras Agarlov's Crocus Group. During his Moscow visit, Trump also meets with Herman Gref, CEO of state-controlled Sberbank PJSC, Russia’s biggest bank, which is under US sanctions. Sberbank and Crocus sponsor the beauty contest.BloombergTASS
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Nov 10, 2013Trump tweets, "I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place! U.S. MUST BE VERY SMART AND VERY STRATEGIC."Twitter
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Nov 12, 2013Trump tells Real Estate Weekly that the pageant was a good networking opportunity. "The Russian market is attracted to me. I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room."Real Estate Weekly
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Early 2014Russian intelligence begins researching U.S. electoral processes and related technology and equipment.DNI
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March 2014Russia annexes Crimea. President Obama imposes sanctions on Russia in response.
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March 2014Trump tells Conservative Political Action Committee conference that while he was in Moscow for Miss Universe pageant, “Putin even sent me a present, beautiful present, with a beautiful note, I spoke to all of his people."Buzzfeed
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March 2014Donald Trump calls Russia the United States' "biggest problem" and greatest geopolitical foe.CNN
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March 21Trump tweets: "Putin has become a big hero in Russia with an all time high popularity. Obama, on the other hand, has fallen to his lowest ever numbers. SAD" and "I believe Putin will continue to re-build the Russian Empire. He has zero respect for Obama or the U.S.!"TwitterTwitter
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May 27At National Press Club lunch, Trump says, "I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer."Mother Jones
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Mid-March to Mid-May 2015Cyber-espionage group connected with the Russian government launches a spearphishing campaign, sending directed emails containing a malicious link
to over 1,000 recipients, including multiple U.S. Government victims. The campaign leads to the penetration of servers at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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June 16Donald Trump announces he is running for president of the United States.Youtube
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JulyRussian intelligence gains access to Democratic National Committee network. Maintains that access until "at least June 2016."DNI
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July 11At Freedom Fest rally in Las Vegas, Trump is asked about Russia: "I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we’ll get along with Putin.... I would get along very nicely with Putin, Ok. I mean, where we have the strength. I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I think we would get along very, very well." Question was asked by Maria Butina, a founder of a Russian gun rights group and an aide to Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and close Putin ally, named by Spanish police as a suspected “godfather” of an organized crime and money-laundering ring.Daily BeastYahooVideo of Question
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July 30Trump, in Scotland, says "I think I'd get along very well with Vladimir Putin"Reuters
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UnknownBritish intelligence detect signs that Russia has hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, and alert their American counterparts.New York Times
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SummerNSA becomes aware of Russian hacking. White House alerted to possibility that DNC has been hacked by the Russians. President Obama orders intelligence community to find out everything they can about it. Obama news conferenceHPSCI hearing testimony
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AugustMichael Flynn meets Donald Trump in New York for conversation that lasts 90 minutesThe New Yorker
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August 8Roger Stone leaves Trump campaign as paid political advisor. Stone says he quit; Trump says he was fired.Politico
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August 24Sputnik publishes story titled "Is Donald Trump a Man to Mend Relations with Russia?"Sputnik
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UnknownUS intelligence officials inform top congressional leaders in Top Secret briefing that Russian hackers were attacking the Democratic Party.Reuters
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SeptemberFBI alerts DNC via phone call that a server had been breached by a Russian group known as "the Dukes," later identified as "Cozy Bear" and "Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 29."New York Times
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OctoberAnother Russian hacking group known as APT28 -- believed to be connected to the GRU, Russia's foreign military intelligence service -- begins to target the Hillary Clinton campaignsecureworks
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October On Savage Nation radio show, Donald Trump says he met Putin. “Yes, a long time ago. We got along great, by the way.”Yahoo
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OctoberRussian billionaire Sergei Gordeev, a Moscow real estate mogul who served through 2010 as a Russian legislator, submits a 13-page proposal with pictures for a Trump-branded residential development. Discussions about working with Gordeev took place via email between Cohen and an international financier he had worked with in the past, Giorgi Rtskhiladze. A spokesman for Rtskhiladze says Cohen informed Rtskhiladze in 2015 that the Trump company could not pursue the project because it was already committed to another developer in Russia — a reference to the proposal being guided by Sater. No letter of intent was ever signed.Washington Post
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October 11Trump and Putin both appear, separately, on 60 Minutes. Trump says he would get along "very well" with Putin.CNN
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Oct. 28, 2015Trump signs a letter of intent with a Russian company to build a Trump Tower in Moscow with Moscow-based developer called I.C. Expert Investment Co. Lender is Russian bank VTB, which is under US sanctions. Washington Post
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Early November
D.C.-based representative of RT, Kremlin-backed propaganda network, contacted Flynn’s speakers’ bureau and invited him to Moscow for the channel’s 10th-anniversary celebration. The New Yorker
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Nov 3, 2015Felix Sater emails Trump attorney Michael Cohen: "Michael I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we wil get Donald elected. We both know no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this one, I will."NYT
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DecemberAccounts associated with Russian propaganda "troll farm" known as the Internet Research Agency begins supporting Donald Trump The New Yorker
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Late 2015British signals intelligence agency GCHQ learns of suspicious "interactions" between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information. GuardianJames Clapper Senate testimony on May 8
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December 17Vladimir Putin praises Donald Trump at his annual news conference. "He is a bright and talented person without any doubt. He is the absolute leader of the presidential race." Putin said Trump "wants to move to another level of relations, a closer, deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome this? Of course we welcome this?TASSWashington Post
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December 18Trump on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" asked about being complimented by Putin, a man who kills journalists, replies, "Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.Twitter
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Mid-JanuaryMichael Cohen emails Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: "“Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower-Moscow project in Moscow City. Without getting into lengthy specifics, the communication between our two sides has stalled. As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance. I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals. I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon."Washington Post
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January 22Trump campaign video criticizing US Veterans Administration shows veterans from the Russian city of Tolyatti.TASS
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FebruaryMichael Flynn tells CNN that he has been advising Donald Trump on a range of issues. CNN
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February 2Kremlin "philosopher" Alexander Dugin endorses Trump.katehon
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February 28Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorses Trump.Politico
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March 2016A hacking group known as "Fancy Bear" or "APT28" launches a spearfishing campaign targeting email addresses at hillaryclinton.com and dnc.org that gains them access to DNC network. The hacking group is run by the Russian foreign military intelligence service (GRU) and appears focused on a single target: the DNC's opposition research files on Donald Trump. DNIsecureworksThe Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance.
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MarchIndividuals linked to the Russian government begin openly supporting Donald Trump and government-funded propaganda outlets RT and Sputnik cast Trump as the target of unfair coverage from mainstream media outlets.DNI
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MarchAt meeting at unfinished Trump Hotel in Washington, JD Gordon recalls Trump calling for a softening of GOP platform languge over Ukraine. Trump said that did not want to "go to World War III over Ukraine."CNN via Twitter
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March 3Trump names Sessions as chairman of the campaign's national security committee.Washington Post
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March 17At an event hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation, Sessions says “I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam,” Sessions said. “Strategically it’s not justified for either country. It may not work. Putin may not be able to be dealt with, but I don’t condemn his instincts that we ought to attempt to do that.”Washington Post
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March 19APT28 gains access to the gmail account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign manager.Wikileaks
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March 21Donald Trump tells The Washington Post editorial board that Carter Page, a former Merrill Lynch banker in Moscow, has joined his foreign policy team.Washington PostGlobalpolicyjournal.com
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March 22Billy Reinhart, former DNC employee working for Clinton campaign, receives an email telling him to change his Gmail password. He does, giving Russians access to campaign network.Email to Reinhart via New York TImes
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March 24Sam Clovis, Trump campaign co-chairman who also served on the foreign policy team, reacts to Russia meeting proposed by George Papadopoulos by writing, “We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies.”

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March 27Donald Trump calls NATO "obsolete." ABC News
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March 28Paul Manafort joins Trump campaign.New York Times
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AprilRichard Burt, former US ambassador to Germany, joins Trump campaign at the request of Paul Manafort. Burt is on the advisory board of Alfa Bank.
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AprilKonstantin Kilimnik, a Kiev-based operative with suspected ties to Russian intelligence, meets with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort during a visit to the United States.Politico
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AprilAn intelligence agency in a Baltic state provides CIA Director John Brennan with a tape of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign. Since the CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created comprised of the FBI, CIA, NSA, Treasury Department and DNI. BBCMcClatchyJames Clapper Senate Testimony on May 8
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April 27Trump staffer George Papadopoulos emails campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that he was receiving “a lot of calls over the past month” about arranging a Russia meeting. “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right,” he wrote. Washington Post
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April 27Sergey I. Kislyak, Russian ambassor to the US, attends Trumps's foreign policy speech at Mayflower Hotel, sitting in the front row. Trump calls for an end to "this horrible cycle of hostility" between the United States and Russia. The Wall Street Journal reports, "A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception." Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, said the speech was his idea.Washington PostPoliticoWall Street Journal
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SpringJoint US counterintelligence investigation opens into Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's links to Russia. Some of Manafort's contacts in Russia and Ukraine are under surveillance by the National Security Agency for suspected links to Russia’s Federal Security Service. Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and Roger Stone's links to Russia also come under investigation.New York Times
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April 19DNCLeaks.com domain registered anonymously via a small server in Romaniaicann.org
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April 29Democratic National Committee leaders are notified of network breach. DNC retains Crowdstrike Services.New York Times
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May Crowdstrike determines that DNC had been penetrated by Russian government hacking groups, "Cozy Bear" and "Fancy Bear"crowdstrike
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May US intelligence records GRU officer bragging to a colleague that GRU was getting ready to pay Clinton back for what President Vladimir Putin believed was an influence operation she had run against him five years earlier as Secretary of State. The GRU was going to cause chaos in the upcoming U.S. election.Time
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MayManafort rejects proposal from an unpaid campaign adviser that Trump travel abroad to meet with top Russian leaders. “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips,” Manafort wrote.WaPo
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May 4Trump staffer George Papadopoulos forwards campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and others a note he received from the program head for the government-funded Russian International Affairs Council. In it, Ivan Timofeev, a senior official in the organization, reached out to report that Russian foreign ministry officials were open to a Trump visit to Moscow and requested that the campaign and Russians write a formal letter outlining the meeting. Washington Post
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May 4DNC staffer Alexandra Chalupa informs colleague that, while researching Paul Manafort's connections to the Ukraine, she has daily received messages from yahoo.com informing her that account is being targeted by "state-sponsored actors" despite frequently changing her password.WikileaksThe Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance.
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May 6Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano says “there’s a debate going on in the Kremlin between the Foreign Ministry and the Intelligence Services about whether or not they should release the twenty thousand of Mrs. Clinton’s emails that they have hacked into and received and stored."Fox News
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May 18Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says at a public forum that there are indications of foreign hackers spying on presdiential campaigns, without providng specifics.AP
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May 20Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and close Putin ally, named by Spanish police as a suspected “godfather” of an organized crime and money-laundering ring, meets Donald Trump at the National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Ky. Torshin shares a dinner table with Donald Trump Jr. at a restaurant.Bloomberg
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JuneA Russian government think tank, the Institute for Strategic Studies, recommends that the Kremlin broaden its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election and launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage US voters to elect Trump. Reuters
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JuneFacebook detects elements of Russian espionage plot and notifies the FBI. Facebook Soon thereafter, Facebook finds evidence that members of APT28 were setting up a series of shadowy accounts — including a persona known as Guccifer 2.0 and a Facebook page called DCLeaks — to promote stolen emails and other documents during the presidential race.Washington Post
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JuneFBI seeks warrant from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to intercept communications from two Russian banks. Application, which reportedly named Trump, is rejected outright by judge.BBC
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JuneFelix Sater emails Michael Cohen, urging him to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Sater tells Cohen that he could be introduced to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, top financial leaders and perhaps Putin. The correspondence included a formal invitation to the conference from the Russian leader of the event. The invitation included a letter signed by a conference official designed to help Cohen get a visa from the Russian government.Cohen does not attend. Washington Post
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JuneRussian hackers target voter registration systems in ArizonaWashington Post
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June 3Rob Goldstone, a music publicist whose clients include Emin Algarov emails Donald Trump Jr.: "Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin." Trump Jr. responds: "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer."NY Times
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June 8DCLeaks.com launches its website and begins posting stolen documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign's media office. DCLeaks also releases emails stolen form accounts of Republican congressional officials. Content was provided by Russia's GRU, according to US intelligence.DCLeaks.comDNI
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June 9Donald Trump Jr. arranges a meeting at Trump Tower with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin. Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist also attends and leaves documents behind. Meeting attended by Paul Manafort, who takes notes, and Jared Kushner. Trump Jr. said Veselnitskaya's arguments were "vague, ambiguous and made no sense." Kushner says he arrives late, missing discussion Clinton dirt. Instead Kushner claims he hears Veselnitskaya discussing abortions and concludes the meeting is a waste of time. Goldstone, the publicist, says “At the meeting, the Russian attorney presented a few very general remarks regarding campaign funding and then quickly turned the topic to that of the Magnitsky Act and the banned U.S. adoption of Russian children—at which point the meeting was halted by Don Jr. and we left. Nothing came of that meeting and there was no follow up between the parties.”NYTimesKushner July 24 Statement
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June 12Julian Assange reveals that Wikileaks has emails related to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication.ITV
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June 14The Washington Post reports that Crowdstrike has determined that two Russian affiliated hacking groups had gained access to the DNC servers.Washington Post
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June 15"Guccifer 2.0" claims responsibility for DNC hack and releases internal opposition research and documents to at least two websites, The Smoking Gun and Gawker. "Guccifer 2.0" believed to be a cover (legend) for Russia's security services.Guccifer 2.0
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June 16“There’s two people I think Putin pays: [Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells a private group of GOP leaders. McCarthy adds: “Swear to God.” House Speaker Paul Ryan then says: “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.” McCarthy spokesman first denies the account, then calls it a failed attempt at humor.Washington Post
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June 17Wikileaks publishes an 88GB encrypted torrent as "insurance." Suspected to be the entire stolen DNC cache.Twitter
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June 28Election officials in Arizona shut down part of the state's website due to security concerns. Believed to be the work of Russian hackers. Arizona Republic
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JulyIn a White House Situation Room meeting, national security officials discuss what to do about Russian influence in presidential campaign.New York Times
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JulyFBI again seeks a more narrowly drawn warrant from FISA court to intercept communications from two Russian banks. Application again rejected.BBC
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JulyRussian hackers target voter registration systems in Illinois. Officials shut down the state’s voter registration system for 10 days , after the hackers managed to download personal data on up to 200,000 state voters,Washington Post
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July 11At Republican National Committee meeting in Cleveland, Trump campaign staffers, including J.D. Gordon, lobby to exclude language from Republican platform that calls for the US to provide “lethal defensive weapons” for Ukraine to defend itself against Russian incursion.Washington Post
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July 13"Guccifer 2.0" releases a cache of purported DNC documents to The Hill.The Hill
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July 18Sen. Jeff Sessions attends a Heritage Foundation event in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention that was attended by roughly 50 ambassadors. When the event was over, a small group of ambassadors approached Sessions as he was leaving the podium, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was among them. Sessions speaks individually with Kislyak.Washington Post
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July 19Two Trump campaign officials -- Carter Page and J.D. Gordon -- meet with Sergey KislyakUSA Todayglobalcleveland.org
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July 21Donald Trump tells The New York Times that the US response to its mutual-defense obligations under the NATO treaty would depend on whether member countries had paid their bills. New York Times
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July 21Donald Trump accepts the Republican nomination for president in Cleveland
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July 22Wikileaks releases more than 40,000 hacked DNC emails. Releases continue throughout the campaign, timed to gather maximum attention on the eve of the Democratic convention.Wikileaks
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July 27Paul Manafort emails Konstantin Kilimnik, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past. Offers briefings on the presidential race. “If he needs private briefings we can accommodate.” Manafort spokesman says no briefings took place.WaPo
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Late JulyFBI opens a counterintelligence investigation of Russian meddling in election, including links Trump campaign officials and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.HPSCI Hearing Testimony
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SummerFBI applies for warrant from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. FISA court turn downs request asking FBI investigators to narrow their focus.The Guardian
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